The beginnings of digital photography – Part 2

In the last post of our blog series ( ) we were focusing on the beginnings of digital photography. We particularly highlighted the CCD sensor, which was the basis for the development of digital photography, as well as pioneer digital cameras. This article focuses on the history of digital photography from the mid-1990s until today and elaborates on further developments in digitalization.

The evolution of consumer cameras

As already mentioned above, from the mid-1990s many models of diverse providers were on the rise in digital photography. The handy Casio QV-10, for example, became quite popular as it was one of the first models with an integrated LCD-screen. It was also equipped with a swivel lens. This camera was by far not a bargain as it cost up to 1,000 Euros. However, the average consumer could still afford it. Not only famous giants in the field of photography, such as Kodak and Nikon, but also well-known technology companies like Panasonic and Sony entered the market and enhanced competition.

The race for more pixels

Since sales numbers of digital cameras were constantly growing, consumer calls for improvements in image quality, higher resolution and more compact memory storage were getting louder. The aim was to achieve a higher number of pixels. The first camera that managed to crack the two megapixel-mark was the Olympus Camedia C-2000 in 1999. Only one year later, the manufacturers Casio and Canon came up with a surprise. Both providers presented a camera with more than 3 megapixels. Due to constantly growing image quality, digital cameras also established themselves as a lifestyle product. This opened the door to new consumer markets. A higher resolution as well as a smaller format became the new credo.

The new Millennium brings great changes

At the beginning of the 20th century a big step in the general process towards the digitalization of Information Technology and Telecommunication was taken. This constant progress also had immense impacts on digital photography itself. Eventually, more and more producers started to integrate cameras in mobile phones. Classic digicams we had known for several years got replaced by smartphones. By now the integrated cameras in smartphones have reached such a high level of quality that they have earned their place. However, it should be noted that even the best smartphone cameras have not yet reached the quality or the possibilities provided by reflex cameras.

A look into the future

Classical digital cameras may have been replaced by smartphones, however, higher priced professional cameras remain a relevant player on the market. It is still exciting to see which innovations will surprise us in the next few years and which developments in DSLR and system cameras will alter the ways we think about photography.

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